1001 Easy French Phrases

1001 Easy French Phrases

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The perfect companion for tourists and business travelers in France and other places where the French language is spoken, this book offers fast, effective communication. More than 1,000 basic words, phrases, and sentences cover everything from asking directions and renting a car to ordering dinner and finding a bank.
Designed as a quick reference tool and an easy study guide, this inexpensive and easy-to-use book offers completely up-to-date terms for modern telecommunications, idioms, and slang. The contents are arranged for quick access to phrases related to greetings, transportation, shopping, services, medical and emergency situations, and other essential items. A handy phonetic pronunciation guide accompanies each phrase.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 132 x 209 x 9mm | 104g
  • New York, United States
  • English, French
  • Bilingual edition
  • Bilingual
  • 0486476200
  • 9780486476209
  • 207,526

About Heather McCoy

Justin Swettlen has taught at the University of Paris and the University of Pittsburgh.
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I purchased this book because the price is right, it is new and therefore current (has wi-fi, for example), and seemed to have a nice collection of phrases, from what I saw in the sample that I found on the Internet. However, I also saw (but bought it anyway) that the pronunciation guide is very poor. Since I know how to read French, I will ignore the pronunciation guide. But if you don't know how to read French, this book would be problematic. For example, it transliterates ou and u (as in tu) both as oo. That is simply bad. I'm quite surprised. The author heads the French and Francophile program at Penn State. Does she do this because she thinks that English speakers wouldn't be able to get it? If you buy the book, learn to read French, listen to any of the plethora of audio/video presentations available (such as can be found on YouTube) and try to do better than the transliteration that she gives you. For tu, for example, she could have said that you should round you lips like you are saying oo and then say ee. It kind of works, certainly better than saying "too" when you mean "tu".show more
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